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Calais to the Pyrenees 2018 - Pyrenees Cycling

Calais to the Pyrenees 2018

French End to End is our version of ride your own Tour De France, from Calais to the Pyrenees and finish on the Col du Tourmalet for 9 memorable days in France. Devised by riders for riders away from main roads, that take in traditional French towns and villages this provincial Tour De France will encounter some of the best scenery in the world.

Our group cycling holidays covers a range of different destinations however this is a route where the destination is different each day this is an undertaking for all cycling abilities. We take care of everything - we plan the route, book the accommodation and do all we can to make sure you have a great time.

There is a support vehicle to carry your bags, and look after the group. We also have a member of our team riding with the group will be able to speak both English and French to help with mechanicals or any other problems and to make sure that no-one is left behind.

This 9 Day tour of France always a classic route through France which is only for cyclists who have a very good fitness level and just like the Tour we change the route every year. Should you want to do your own Tour De France in 2018, then Calais to the Pyrenees will be one of your best rides of the year, our 1st trip starts on Saturday 2nd 2018 you will need to arrive Friday 1st May in the afternoon where we will pick you up from the Port of Calais and wil finish in the Pyrenees on Sunday 10th May.

All our holidays have been carefully researched to ensure the routes use quiet scenic roads and include places of interest along the way. You are also provided with detailed route instructions so you can ride at your own pace if you wanted to. Each day has a pre-arranged lunch stop where you can help yourself and have a little rest.

The holidays attract all sorts of different people, are usually a good mix of males and females, singles, couples, friends and families, and are always great fun. A summary of our trips for 2015 can be found in the Holidays packages.

French 'End to End' taking you all the way from the English Channel to the Pyrenees. Highlights of this years Tour de France in 2018 include the, Loire Valley, and the central - south west the Basque country, the pyrenees atlantique and the Hautes Pyrenees for another fanastic trip through France.

The holiday starts with a ferry crossing from Dover to Calais from where you will spend your 1st night before you start the journey south. Our route takes you through the pretty farming countryside of northern France through the Pas de Calais into the heart of Picardie, with its lush green countryside and distinctive red brick houses.

The Loire valley famous for the white wines of Muscadet, Sancerre and Pouilly Fume not to drink too much as another few days in the saddle beckons. Past Bordeaux and the Medoc where the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic as we head into the Forest of the Landes around Bordeaux getting closer to the Pyrenees and places of undiscovered France which are very picturesque. The Basque Country and the high pyrenees are the last regions of excellent riding territory before the last day arrives and we are fully into the mountains of the Pyrenees. This superb ride that takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of France - it should not be missed. This is one of our favourite cycling holidays and we run it twice a year May & September some of the most delightful times of the year when there is no holiday traffic, unlike July and August in France and when the days are not too hot. The holiday offers similar challenges to the UK 'End to End', but the weather is better and the total distance is slightly less.

Start dates for this years 9 day Tour de France - Calais to the Pyrenees. Travel to the event must be carried out on the day before the ride starts all 2018 rides will start at 0930 on the dates shown below Saturday morning.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018 stay fit see you in Calais.

The route

Day 0 Calais Friday 4th  May

Day 1 Calais – Abbeville - 1st May 139 kms Saturday 5th May

Day 2 Abbeville - Vernon 136 kms Sunday 6th  May

Day 3 Vernon – La Ferte Bernard – Monday 7th  May 135 kms

Day 4 La Ferte Bernard – St Michel sur Loire Tues 8th May 123 kms

Day 5 St Michel sur Loire – Lussac les Chateaux Wednesday 9th  May 144 kms 

Day 6 Lussac les Chateaux to Nontron 135kms Thursday 10th May 135kms

Day 7 Nontron to Villeneuve sur Lot/Pujols Friday 11th  May 140 kms 

Day 8 Villeneuve sur lot to Mirande Saturday 12th  133kms

Day 9 Mirande to Bareges  Sun 13th 110 kms

 

How do you get to the start of the holiday?
For most people from Dover on the ferry to Calais as a foot passenger. This can be booked in advance or just turn up at the port and book a single foot passenger roughly about £20.00.

Flying offers the quickest and easiest way to return home from your holiday with Ryanair, although for most destinations travelling by train (or coach-BIKE EXPRESS) is also an option. We will provide transport from the nearest airport Pau (or station Lourdes) to the start & finish of the holiday.

The support vehicle?
The support vehicle will transport your luggage to the daily destination, and also provides any additional assistance required. It doesn't follow the group closely but will meet up with you once or twice a day, so you can top up your water bottles, have some lunch, cup of tea or coffee or jump on board if you are feeling tired.

Accommodation
The accommodation is on half board basis, breakfast and evening meals are included in the price of this holiday. The hotels we use are mostly small family run accommodation, providing a friendly relaxed atmosphere. These are usually classed as 2* or similar. We book rooms with ensuite facilities where available, but this cannot be guaranteed due to the variety and number of establishments used. Some basic lunch items are provided and the tour leader will have a pre-arranged lunch stop about half way through the days ride (but you are welcome to stop wherever you want). Hotels are chosen to ensure that there is a restaurant in the hotel or close by, so that you do not have far to go for an evening meal.

All hotel based holidays if you are travelling alone you can either pay the "Single supplement - price for the holiday and have a room to yourself or pay the regular price and we will book you into a twin bedded room with another single member of the group of the same sex. However please note that on most holidays the number of single rooms available is limited and they do tend to go quickly.

Do I have to ride with the group all the time?
Every member of the group is provided with our detailed route instructions, so you can ride at your own pace and stop whenever you want, without the worry of getting lost. During breakfast the tour leader will go over the day's route and point out the scheduled lunch stop suggest a few places you may like to stop, but you are free to do what you want. In practice most people find they team up with other group members of a similar ability really quickly, and so ride together with a small group most of the time.

Tour Price includes(check our prices page)
Experienced / knowledgeable leaders that guide you daily on the road no other Tours do this not for the price shown!!!!!

* Accommodation family run Hotels 9 days based on 2 sharing.
* Breakfasts for 9 days
* Evening Meals for 9 days
* Route guide should you wish to ride on your own
* Guiding for 9 stages
* Support vehicle & driver.
* Hotel luggage transfers
* Energy drinks bars and gels etc.
* Transfers From
Calais train station or Port or Lourdes/Tarbes Train station / Aiport for your return home.

Tour Price does not include:
Travel to Calais or return flights home from the Pyrenees any additional snacks or drinks required during the day or hotel drinks or extra services (e.g. washing of clothing).

So now all you have to do is look at which week suits your requirements above, check with us for availability, then check travel arrangements for how to get to Calais search for P&O ferries or DFDS. Then Ryanair or Air France for your return Flight back to the UK or Paris, for connecting flights worldwide or coach-BIKE EXPRESS search for this in google. We can book these for you using the credit card details you have supplied to us for the booking of your holiday. We will check all dates with you first before confirming any other travel arrangements. We look forward to spending time with you on the roads of France.